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Virtual Visiting Artist - Introduction to Gouache: Painting a Southern Magnolia Seedpod

With Carrie Di Costanzo, botanical artist


Join us for a 2-day virtual workshop! 


Dates: Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $285 ($255 for NCBG Members)


Gouache is a wonderful medium which can create rich, matte effects. This workshop will focus on the instructor's method of using gouache to paint a Southern Magnolia Seedpod. Some experience with watercolor is needed and will be helpful in transitioning to gouache. Students with experience using gouache are also welcome. We will be using gouache in a similar manner to watercolor for the first few layers of washes. We will then transition to dry brush and use semi-opaque paint.



  • Participants will be provided with a pre-recorded video demonstration which will prepare them for the class, as well as a material list, syllabus, photo of the subject, line drawing of the subject, color mixes, and handouts.
  • The workshop will take place live on Zoom both days from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a 30 minute break. The instructor will be available to answer questions and advise students.
  • Students will send their work in progress via text to the instructor as they progress.



  • COMPUTER or TABLET to access pre-recorded materials and to participate in Zoom online sessions
  • CELL PHONE with CAMERA to send/text work in progress to instructor


Supply List:


From the instructor: You may substitute the cadmiums for watercolor cadmiums. Winsor & Newton also has Cadmium Free Yellow and Cadmium Free Red watercolor.

To pare down the material list, the following gouache colors will be sufficient for this class:

  • Yellow Ochre
  • Sap Green
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Quinacridone Violet
  • Burnt Umber is optional, as brown can be made with the other colors.
  • Titanium White (can use watercolor for this also)


Click here to view the supply list for this course.



The registration period has closed for this event.

Registration is open through 11/5/2021 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)



About the artist

Carrie Di Costanzo has exhibited extensively with the American Society of Botanical Artists and other group exhibitions throughout the US where she has won numerous awards. Her work is held in the Botanical Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and private collections. She instructs workshops in watercolor, gouache, and egg tempera with The New York Botanical Garden and other institutions.


This course will be offered using Zoom meetings.

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Adult Programs Cancellation and Refund Policy

If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or has been filled prior to receipt of your payment, you will be notified and your payment will be refunded in full. Students who cancel seven or more days in advance of the start of a course will receive an 80 percent refund. Thereafter, the registration fee is forfeited. If there are extenuating circumstances, allowances can be made at the discretion of the Director of Education. The full cancellation and refund policy for adult education programs is available here.